With college exams barely a few weeks away, teachers and principals are worried about a clash in schedules.
The University of Mumbai has announced that first-year BCom (semester II) exams will commence in the second week of March, which means it will clash with the Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) examinations that all colleges will conduct from February 27 till mid-March.
While space constraint — most colleges are exam centres — is one of the problems, teachers are worried about the extra time they will have to put in for all the examinations. This will be the second cycle where MU will set the question papers as well as a common timetable for all first-year students so that all affiliated colleges follow a uniform pattern.
“Most colleges run junior college and degree sections in the same building, but in two shifts. Conducting the HSC exams along with that of first-year BCom students will be impossible for the staff — logistically as well as physically,” said the principal of a suburban commerce college.
He added that most colleges will face the same problem and teachers will be left with no breathing space due to back-to-back examinations, which will go on till the end of April.
Meanwhile, the MU is struggling to announce a final timetable for first-year students due to clash of dates.
“We have announced the timetable for semester V and VI but are struggling with the timetable for first year. The date of commencement has been announced but we have sought the help of the academic council to release a common examination schedule for first-year degree college students,” said Deepak Wasave, controller of examinations (in-charge), MU.
Some colleges have also written to the university that they would first focus on completing the practicals as well as assessment of the first-year answer sheets, before moving on to third-year assessment. “This may delay the results for third year students, which we don’t want. So the aim will be to release a schedule in a way that teachers are not overworked and still the work gets done in time,” added Wasave.